"I was recently asked by my CEO and our board of directors to justify our participation with PMPA. When we began to brainstorm the various opportunities the PMPA had offered, direct to our organization, I think the multitude came as a great surprise to the powers that be. It took some time to venture down each avenue, but at the end of our brainstorming, we were truly amazed at what we could attribute back to the association, and much of that came through my participation on the Technical Program Committee.
Here are just a few examples from my experience with PMPA, including committee involvement and National Technical Conference participation:
1. 700+, and counting, machine/man hours saved, at $90/hr., resulting from a 10-minute discussion I had with someone willing to share ideas. That’s $63,000 saved, the trip there and back cost $1,575 in total. That’s 40X payback, there was no struggle to find an ROI on this trip.
2. I was asked to send pictures of used carbide for a session. This prompted an examination of our carbide failure modes, guess what happened to our tooling costs there after?
3. We toured a member shop in Chicago on my last committee trip. I was able to speak with a machining expert about his Okuma platform. We now are drilling at 150%+ spindle load and our efficiencies are up.
4. A member taught us how to track training properly. We mimicked this and now scheduling people is all of a sudden more fluid.
5. In a CAM/CNC session a discussion focused on multiple tools in the cut and how to compromise for surface footage. We have applied these techniques on conventional equipment that was capable. This means savings for every hour we run these jobs.
6. A member provided a new approach at what visual management could encompass. I now have a new understanding of visual management and we have applied many of these ideas.
On a personal note, the majority of my career advancement has been though meeting folks like those in the PMPA, willing to spend time and share ideas at a conference. I tell people that I am a product of this association, committees, and groups. It is the route that I chose to continue my education. The more involvement I am permitted, the more opportunity I encounter, and continue to return home with ideas to apply. The ability to give back is rewarding as well.
I ask you to bring your top ten ongoing issues and sit down with us at the National Technical Conference. I’m certain you will see the payback for your time and money comeback ten-fold. There truly is a wealth of knowledge here, unlike you will find anywhere else, all you need to do is come and ask." - Ryan Kutz, Aztalan Engineering "
Some years ago at a Tech conference in Columbus I heard Mike Micklewright speak about Deming’s view on performance evaluations. Came back to Micron and we haven’t done one since. That one lesson learned from that one speaker at that one conference has paid our PMPA membership dues since. If you don’t go to Tech Conferences, then start doing so." - Dan Vermeesch, Micron Manufacturing Company
Compared to the PMPA Technical Conference, there is no other place on earth where you can collaborate with like-minded individuals to get Industry-Specific solutions to our unique and challenging manufacturing issues. Every year, I struggle to make the decision of breaking from my busy schedule to make the trip; and every year I am rewarded by leaving with a greater knowledge and an invigorated purpose with actionable initiatives to take back to my shop. I “could” spend hours upon hours upon hours researching potential solutions to our companies Technical, Quality, and Management improvement needs by reading on-line articles and hiring knowledgeable consultants. ….OR I could attend the PMPA Tech. Conference and get better information from people similar to me that have actually “implemented” these solutions. It has become quite clear to me, that attending this conference actually SAVES me time in the long run.
-Kevin Johnson, FISCHER Special Tooling Corporation